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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WESLEY A. HOLLAND was born in Calloway, now Marshall County, Ky., July 27, 1832. His father, John Holland, came to the county, in 1818, probably from North Carolina, locating first on the Tennessee River, and two years later at a point four miles in the interior, and there resided until his death, which occurred in 1880. His wife, formerly Kulie Parent, was a native of this State; she died in 1835, the mother of six children. Of these our subject was the youngest. He was reared upon the farm until twenty-five years of age, receiving in the meantime a good early education. In 1857 he came to Benton and read law, and was engaged in practice at the opening of the war. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Third Kentucky Infantry (Confederate), and after a year was discharged for disability. A few years after returning from the war, he was elected county judge, a position he held for four years. He also served two terms as school commissioner of the county; at the expiration of the time of this last public service, he opened a store, containing groceries, drugs and general stock, and J. R. Lemon was admitted into partnership. They subsequently sold out, but later Mr. Holland opened his present stock of goods, and enjoys a steady trade. He was married March 18, 1875, to Miss Jane F. Thompson, of Benton. They have one child, Clinton R. Mr. and Mrs. Holland are members of the Christian Church, in which he is an elder. He also gives active support to the cause of temperance.

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This family biography is one of 32 biographies included in the Marshall County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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